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About this blog: I'm a late thirties mother of a ten-year-old and infant twins. My family moved to Menlo Park 6 years ago from Virginia - where I grew up, went to college, got married, had my first born, and got an MBA (in that order). I'm a manag...  (More)

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A Thanksgiving story

Uploaded: Nov 25, 2013
If you google the words "Michael J. Fox woman baby tree," you will find a story about Michael J. Fox, his battle with Parkinson's disease, and how he reminds himself and his family to stay positive in light of their challenges. A few years ago, he read a story in The New York Times about a woman in Mozambique who was overcome by a flood while in labor. She climbed a tree, delivered her baby, and then waited for help to come.

I do not have a debilitating disease, and I have never had to climb a tree to safely give birth. But I do have tough days around the corner as I head back to work. A few days ago, I met a struggling single mom. She told me a little about herself. She was in her early thirties with three young boys at home. She was living with her mom, working, and trying to get her college degree. She was smart and determined, but she was struggling - emotionally and financially.

I was moved by her story, and it made me grateful for the blessings I have despite the discomforts that loom ahead. With my late-thirties wisdom, I assured her that it would get better; that life can turn on a dime; and if nothing else, she was setting an amazing example for her kids. I felt immense gratitude to her for reminding me of the journey we are all on. While life can be incredibly painful, it's a journey that defines our own identities and those of our families.

I hope I showed this young woman some kindness that helped carry her through her day. She gave me so much more - a timely reflection on what I have to be thankful for and a story to carry in my pocket when the going gets tough next year. It's my version of "A woman had a baby in a tree."

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Posted by Seelam Prabhakar Reddy, a resident of College Terrace,
on Nov 26, 2013 at 4:12 am

I recently moved to College Terrace neighborhood of PAlo Alto. Mostly I am thankful to all people I have met in this town. I have a high bar as I moved from Newport Coast area for job, learning,and retirement. In the future

In the last three months I have seen why Palo Alto gets top reviews:
1. people with positive outlook regardless of gender, age and income

2. Nature. I have been enjoying cold weather leaves falling and new colors

3. Incredible People that work, research, play, walk nearby Stanford

4. Great City Hall with service oriented management

5. Great restaurants and people that work behind the scene

6. Great local businesses such as VMWARE. HP, and other

This is what I am thankful for.

I call it a heaven on earth!!

Happy thanksgiving!

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Posted by Jessica T, a Almanac Online blogger,
on Nov 26, 2013 at 8:29 am

Jessica T is a registered user.

Hi Seelam - Thanks for reading and posting your sincere note about what you are thankful for in our community. We are lucky to have you here!

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